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Community Dialogue on Seeing White Podcast

Wednesday, July 29, 2020
12:00 pm

Registration Link: Community Dialogue Registration Link (Part 1 & 2)

Now, more than ever, we all must work together as a community to build our self-awareness and understanding of social justice and racial equity to create meaningful and lasting change in our personal and professional lives. As a collaboration between the Division of Talent & Inclusion, the Morgan Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Gordon Library, we would like to invite you to join us for a book reading, podcast listening, and community dialogue on the topics of race and racism in a two-part dialogue series. Community Dialogue on Seeing White Podcast being the first part and Community Dialogue on Kathy Obear’s book on Thursday, August 13th at noon is the second part.

For those interested in this educational opportunity we invite you to engage with the resources below during July:

  1. JulyCommunity Dialogue on Seeing White Podcast (Wed, July 29th @ noon)

              a. Podcast: Scene on Radio – Seeing White Podcast (Episodes 1-4)

                                                    i.      S2 E1: Turning the Lens​: Events of the past few years have turned a challenging spotlight on White people, and Whiteness, in the United States. An introduction to our series exploring what it means to be White.

                                                   ii.     S2 E2: How Race Was Made​: For much of human history, people viewed themselves as members of tribes or nations but had no notion of “race.” Today, science deems race biologically meaningless. Who invented race as we know it, and why?

                                                  iii.     S2 E3: Made in America​: Chattel slavery in the United States, with its distinctive – and strikingly cruel – laws and structures, took shape over many decades in colonial America. The innovations that built American slavery are inseparable from the construction of Whiteness as we know it today.

                                                  iv.     S2 E4: On Crazy We Built a Nation​: “All men are created equal.” Those words, from the Declaration of Independence, are central to the story that Americans tell about ourselves and our history. But what did those words mean to the man who actually wrote them?

To complement these community dialogues we encourage you to create small reading/listening groups with your classmates, colleagues, family, and friends to explore and unpack these critical topics further.

Zoom link for both community dialogues:

Meeting ID: 937 6964 8085

With input from the Division of Talent & Inclusion and OMA, an incredible team at Gordon Library has created a Black Lives Matter online guide to help us extend our learning and dialogue through the year ahead with books and other resources available to all members of the WPI community. (Note: This guide is dynamic and can be expanded and/or modified over time.) We hope these tools help build your individual readiness and self-awareness around power, privilege, and oppression to create positive change in our community.

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Christelle Hayles